Marvel Enlists Ned Benson to Rewrite the Black Widow Script

One of the MCU’s upcoming films is the long rumored Black Widow featuring Scarlett Johansson. The film will reportedly start production this year, but it looks like Marvel wants more time to retool the story. According to Collider, the studio has hired Ned Benson to rewrite Black Widow’s screenplay.

Jac Schaeffer penned the first draft of the Black Widow script. Schaeffer also co-wrote Captain Marvel and he is currently developing a Vision and Scarlet Witch series for Disney+. Cate Shortland remains attached to direct the film, which is rumored to be a prequel set before Natasha’s MCU debut in Iron Man 2. Black Widow doesn’t have a release date yet. However, Marvel will probably make that announcement after Avengers: Endgame is released in April.

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Benson previously wrote and directed The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Additionally, Benson is currently working on Pascal Pictures’ My Aryan Princess, an adaptation of a seven-part Dallas Morning News article. The movie tells the true story of an FBI informant who infiltrated the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and might feature Johansson in the lead role. Collider suggests that Johansson convinced Marvel Studios to bring Benson on to Black Widow after seeing his work on that film.

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